On their first of only two albums, Acid Bath unleash upon the listener some of the darkest, most sinister music imaginable, but it is far from inaccessible.
Admittedly, Dax Rigg's vocals tend to be screamed rather than sung, unlike the majority of his later work, but this definitely suits the music better, and seems to place a bigger emphasis on the haunting sections of singing.
What really sets Acid Bath apart, though, are the riffs the band manages to come up with. In the grind and southern grind genres, you expect to hear some big riffs, but rarely are they as memorable as those on offer here. Opener, 'The Blue,' and 'The Mortician's Flame' in particular, stand out for their fast and grinding but (dare I say it) almost catchy guitarwork.
There is considerable variation between songs which will certainly make you come back for more: tracks like 'Tranqulized' and 'What Color Is Death' are short, fast grind, there's slower ones such as 'Finger Paintings of the Insane,' acoustic tracks in the shape of 'Scream of the Butterfly' and 'Bones of Baby Dolls' and the almost machine-like heaviness of closer 'Cassie Eats Cockroaches.'
All in all an utterly essential southern grind album.